Eyebeam is pleased to announce the release of three mobile apps which reached completion during Kenneth Kirschner and Joshue Ott’s 2015 Spring/Summer Project Residency. The Variant apps are a new series of generative audiovisual artworks from Interval Studios featuring visuals by Joshue Ott and music by Kenneth Kirschner.
Available on iOS for iPad and iPhone, each of the apps features a unique visual composition, a different indeterminate musical composition, and a distinct approach to user interaction. All of the Variants are generative artworks that bring together chance and interactivity to create an ever-changing, ever-evolving audiovisual experience.
The Variant series is an ongoing project and will be presented in multiple Eyebeam programs this Fall/Winter season and into the new year.
- Recently Kirschner and Ott were awarded a joint residency between Eyebeam and Times Square Arts in which they will continue to develop new Variants with the opportunity of experimenting and exhibiting in one of the most iconic public spaces in the world
- On 23 October, Kirschner and Ott will present on the Variant series with a discussion and demo at the Museum of Modern Art
- Beginning 19 November, a Variant installation will be on display as part of Eyebeam's exhibition 'Inside/Out' alongside other Spring/Summer 2015 Eyebeam Project Residents at 117 Beekman Street at South Street Seaport's Culture District
- variant:flare is an experiment in minimalist interactivity, in which the user interacts through simple taps that move the musical composition gradually forward and alter its effects on the generatively evolving visuals.
- variant:blue combines autonomously evolving, chance-based indeterminate music with lines drawn directly by the user to create emergent and unexpected visual complexity.
- variant:SONiC, a free app commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra for the 2015 SONiC Festival, couples the digitally transformed sounds of the festival’s performers with tightly integrated visuals and a tactile, highly responsive approach to interactivity.
Joshue Ott is a visualist and software designer who creates cinematic visual improvisations that are performed live and projected in large scale. Working from hand-drawn forms manipulated in real time with superDraw, a software instrument of his own design, Ott composes evolving images that reside somewhere between minimalism, psychedelia, and Cagean chance. He has performed with the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; with Son Lux at MASS MoCA; with Gina Gibney Dance at the Baryshnikov Arts Center; and frequently at venues throughout NYC, including Le Poisson Rouge and Roulette. Installation works include a large-scale audience interactive performance at the Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik, Iceland; a collaborative drawing system installed on the IAC Center's 120-foot-long video wall; and a collaborative drawing installation at the NASA Ames Research Center. Ott is also the visual mastermind behind the hit iOS apps Thicket, snowDrift, Falling Stars, and Pitch Painter.
Kenneth Kirschner is a composer of experimental music working at the intersection of avant-garde classical composition and contemporary electronic music. His work is characterized by a close integration of acoustic and electronic sound sources; a strong focus on harmony, pattern, and long-form development; and experimentation with techniques such as chance procedures, indeterminacy, and microtonality within a digital context. An advocate of open source practices, Kirschner releases all of his music freely online through his website, kennethkirschner.com, which represents a complete archive of all his published work from the 1980s to present. Recent projects include “Compressions & Rarefactions,” a nearly 7-hour album of recent compositions released on 12k Records, and “Imperfect Forms: The Music of Kenneth Kirschner,” a multimedia e-book from Berlin-based publisher Tokafi that includes essays, interviews, and artistic contributions from over two dozen journalists, musicians, and visual artists from around the world.